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Alain de Botton Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Alain de Botton Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely,
given the numbers of books that were written because
authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
- Alain de Botton

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to
secure the respect and attention of people who would
otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

 

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
- Alain de Botton

I was uncomfortable writing fiction.
My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
- Alain de Botton

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton


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Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

The Arab-Israeli conflict is also in many ways a conflict about status:
it's a war between two peoples who feel deeply humiliated by the other,
who want the other to respect them.
Battles over status can be even more intractable than
those over land or water or oil.
- Alain de Botton

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV,
and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life.
Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our
own projects and priorities -
and we should take care.
- Alain de Botton

We are certainly influenced by role models,
and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people,
we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important -
just as in the Middle Ages,
people were surrounded by images of religious piety.
- Alain de Botton

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing.
It's always surprised me how little attention many
non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts,
it's also how you say it - that the success of your
argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.
- Alain de Botton

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into
problems of envy and competition.
But all this is just in a day's work for a writer.
You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool.
Oh, well.
- Alain de Botton

In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print,
stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women.
- Sara Paretsky

I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing,
so that it is now possible for any writer with a book
to get it published at nominal cost or free,
and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
- Piers Anthony

Serial killers are everywhere!
Well, perhaps not in our neighborhood,
but on our television screens, at the movie theatres,
and in rows and rows of books at our local Borders
or Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
- Pat Brown

We started giving presentations at practitioner conferences in 1986,
and since then all of our derivatives research has
been stimulated by contact with practitioners.
- John Hull

My first civil disobedience arrest for social justice
was in 1986 for protesting the SDI.
- Martin Sheen

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

But a year before that, I was starting to drink beer
on the set of the film Lucas (1986).
- Corey Haim

I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951.
I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987.
- Paul Muldoon

People should realize that I shot a Coke commercial back in 1986.
So, you know, I've been around a long time.
I carry my Screen Actors Guild Card.
- Kato Kaelin

In 1986, we gave it our best shot but we didn't get the run of the ball.
- Michel Patini

I got my private pilot's license in autumn 1986.
- Mathias Rust

My wife and I have been together since 1986.
I graduated in '86 and she graduated in '88.
We began dating when she was 17.
Actually she turned 18 when we started kissing and stuff.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.

I drove across country in my yellow 1970 VW bug (which
I drove until 1986) to Los Angeles,
having had enough cold weather in 5 years in Ann Arbor,
and found a job within a few days.
- W. Richard Stevens

I was fortunate to be part of a very successful show on CBS in 1986.
I switched to NBC for eight years and through these
experiences have gotten terrific insight into television;
it's a fascinating medium.
- Will McDonough

I love the music, I love the times, so to me that was
exciting personally just to play something that starts
in 1986 with graduating high school,
we've got a great soundtrack in the pilot.
- Will Estes

It wasn't my plan to create such a record.
All I did was put in the effort to win every match
I played and it went on for weeks,
months and years until my defeat to Ross Norman in Toulouse in 1986.
- Jahangir Khan

We had a poster of the Davis Cup in 1986.
It was in Prague, the Czech Republic against Sweden,
and we went to watch, so I got the poster.
You couldn't get all the posters.
You were lucky if you got one.
- Martina Hingis

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.
- Bill Maher

South Park started as a little video Christmas card.
- Joel Hodgson

Everyone has his superstitions.
One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere,
accomplished.
- Ulysses S. Grant

I wrapped that Monday and started on my third episode
for Miss Match on Thursday of that same week and we
just wrapped yesterday cause it was split over the holiday.
- Charisma Carpenter

When I tried to play something and screwed up,
I'd hear some other note that would come into play.
Then I started trying different things to find the beauty in it.
- Dimebag Darrell

Toward the end of school I started watching movies.
Got a job in a movie theater in Brookline,
Massachusetts.
- Jim McKay

I went through a divorce right as we were starting the show.
My divorce became final right after we started shooting the first year,
and during that time I was in such a low place.
- Lee Tergesen

I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot
better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck.
- Corey Haim

Folk-rock hasn't changed much over the decades since the Byrds started it.
- Steve Forbert

My mom passed away a day before high school started,
and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy,
and play drums in a band.
- Travis Barker

When I first started in rock, I had a big guy's audience for my early records.
I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid '80s.
- Bruce Springsteen

I started out in summer stock, and that's really what I prefer.
- Andrea Martin

I started out with comedy in college,
but had my major in Recreation Administration -
which meant I wasn't going to get a real job -
so I started doing a little standup.
- Carlos Alazraqui

I half knew what to expect when I saw the cricket ground in the morning.
It was when I started to talk to people working out there,
I began to find what I was looking for.
- Ian Botham

America had taken my father from me.
And over most of the years of his illness,
I gradually started feeling this support system from
this country who-people grieving along with us.
- Patti Davis

And I started as a journalism major at Ohio State,
ended up in theater and I love to read.
- Patricia Heaton

In most recent times, as the West started being hostile to us,
we deliberately declared a Look East policy.
- Robert Mugabe

You live these three months in this reality,
in this dark reality.
You don't want to do those films every year because they're taxing.
I started smoking a lot of cigarettes.
- Vin Diesel

Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi
was having the actors stare right into the audience.
- Richard Foreman

John Schlesinger had one of his friends designing it
and he had never done a film before.
Ten days before it started, they didn't have any costumes.
I was rung up and joined up.
- Julie Harris

It was 1966 by the time I started taking pictures seriously and books,
newspapers and magazines of the time were full of great
pictures that helped to inspire me.
- Fay Godwin

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.
- Rita Rudner

Every time that we've ever fought, we fought to keep from bein' destroyed.
We've never started a war.
- Howard Finster


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